Immigration Requirements

The Doctor of Ministry program is open to applicants from around the world. Persons who wish to enter the program may apply to be a participant in one of the regular cohort schedules and will be given the same tuition rate as all other cohort participants (see The program schedule requires attendance at intensives once each year at a designated location, most of them meeting in the United States.

In general, if you are not a U.S. citizen, you cannot register for academic credit if you arrive using a visitor's visa. Persons arriving with the incorrect documents run the risk of being sent back home and might not be allowed to attend the intensive. If you miss an intensive, you may lose your place in the cohort and will either be required to start over from the beginning with a new cohort, or drop out of the program. Failure to obtain the proper documents could prove to be a costly mistake!

A student visa is usually required. After receiving notice that you have been accepted, you will need a government-required document call the "I-20" which is issued by the University and must then be registered with the government along with a "SEVIS" fee. These steps must be repeated for each year's trip:

  1. Contact the International Student Financial Services office ( or call 1-269-471-3834 if you need to speak with someone) and provide your estimated budget and a copy of a recent bank statement. Contact to obtain the current estimated budget form.
  2. Once your financial clearance has been approved, your I-20 will be issued by the University's International Student Services office, sent to you by mail or a commercial delivery service.
  3. Follow the instructions provided to pay your SEVIS fee and obtain a receipt.
  4. With your Andrews acceptance letter, your I-20 document, and SEVIS receipt in hand, go to the appropriate office in your locale to obtain your student visa. You will likely need to make an appointment in advance.
  5. When you arrive at your intensive location, be sure to bring your documents to check in at the International Student Services office (in person if at the AU campus; by fax or text from your intensive location if at a site other than the Andrews campus; the fax number is 1-269-471-6388).
  6. This process must be repeated and a new I-20 obtained for each year's trip.

Please be in close and careful communication with the University's International Student Services office for guidance in all matters related to government documentation requirements. Contact them at or 1-269-471-6395.